Al-Anon Meetings are held on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library. For more information about Al-Anon Family Groups, visit alanon. org, or for information about the local meeting, call (828)524-0166.
Grief Support Groups meet in Highlands on Thursdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jane Woodruff Building 1st floor, on the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital campus, 171 Hospital Drive Highlands. The Sylva group meets on Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Jackson County Dept of Aging,100 County Services Park, Sylva. The programs are free and open to the community,
West Old Murphy Rd Temporary Closure and Detour for all through traffic at the intersection of SR 1128 to 0.2 mile west of SR 1448, to remove and replace the bridge over Jones Ck., and will re-open no later than Monday, Dec. 15. The detour route for local residents is SR 1128 North Jones Creek Rd. to SR 1130 Jones Creek Rd. Turn right on SR 1130 and go .02 mile and turn right on to SR 1131 Allison Watts Rd. and then turn right on to SR 1133 Southards Rd. back to SR 1448 West Old Murphy Rd. For more information, call (828)321-5061.
A community meeting is being planned for the possibility of starting a Safe Kids Macon County chapter on Friday, Oct. 30 1 p.m. at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office annex on the corner of Palmer Street and Patton Avenue. Angie Gregg, director of Western North Carolina’s Safe Kids Chapter, will be providing information. All interested members of the community, businesses and organization with an interest in the safety of Macon County children are invited to attend.
Explorer's Club at the Jackson County Public Library will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., in the Storytime Room. The topic will be the country of Japan, with special guest Linsey Bumgarner who has lived in Japan and is a native of Sylva. Explorer's Club is intended for all ages, with a special emphasis on cultural learning for children. Families are encouraged to come and join in the fun. Each Explorer's Club will feature special guests, snacks, and crafts that all are pertinent to the theme. This program is free of charge and no sign-up is required. For more information, please call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.
Franklin Bird Club Meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., at the Macon County Public Library. “Birding in Alaska” by John and Cathy Sill, about their trip to Alaska in the summer.
Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild will meet on Monday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., in Tartan Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St., Franklin. Maxine Ramey will give a guided tour through the "Craftsy" internet site.
Gem Country Republican Women will meet Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11:15 a.m., at the Boiler Room meeting room on 1024 Georgia Hwy. at The speakers will be GOP candidates. All are welcomed to attend.
Macon County Poultry Club Monthly Meeting Macon County Poultry Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the American Legion Post 108 Annex, 614 W. Main Street, Franklin. Our speaker will be Ken Martin, Broiler Production Manager, of Springer Mountain Farms. The public is welcome. For information, call (828)524-2058.
Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Meet at Salali Lane at 8 a.m. Parking is off Fox Ridge Road which is just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Rd. A program will be held on Thursday, October 23, 6 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library. The program will be “If You Want to Feed the Birds, First Feed the Bugs.” Dr. James Costa, Entomologist and Executive Director of the Highlands Biological Station. For more information, call (828)524-5234.
Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin Meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Macon County Community Facilities Building on 441 So. The program will be a presentation and discussion on gem mining and the culture of Brazil. Guest are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Macon County Public Library in Franklin Halloween Themed Storytime and Trick or Treat Costume Parade will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30,10 a.m. Children ages 10 and under are encouraged to come to storytime dressed in costume. After storytime, children will trick or treat through the library. Library staff will hand out candy and community members are encouraged to come help. The library will provide the candy. Storytimes are held at the library every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. For more information, call the Macon County Public Library in Franklin at (828)524-3600.
Halloween “Enchanted Forest” Nature Trail at the Highlands Nature Center will be held on Oct 30. Group tours leave every 15 minutes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight to go early trick-or-treating along the Botanical Garden trails. Encounter friendly forest creatures (portrayed by students of the UNC Institute for the Environment) and learn interesting nature facts about each one. For more information and cost, call (828)526-2623.
First Baptist Church Fall Festival will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 8 p.m., 69 Iotla Street. Hayrides, game booths, candy, balloon animals, cotton candy, and lots more. All are invited.
Historic Rickman Store located Hwy. 28 N is open free to the public Friday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, 11:30 a.m. for brunch and bluegrass. Drop by to tour the store, visit the new Gem Mining Exhibit, and share some refreshments. Music jams are on Saturdays and free Wi-Fi is available.
Free P.O.P.S. Weight Loss Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., on the third floor at Angel Hospital. The group is for men and women that have had or thinking about having bariatric surgery or seeking to lose weight and maintain weight loss. Speakers are scheduled on a regular basis who offer informative topics for all people interested in weight loss. They discuss ideas, share questions, comments and concerns as a group. For info, (828)399-1818.
NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, support group “Connections” meets every Thursday, 7 to 8:15 p.m, at 14 W. Palmer St., Franklin. This is a peer support group for individuals and families living with a mental illness. For more information, call Donita (828)526-9510.
NAMI Appalachian South Family and Caregivers Support Group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month, 7 to 8 p.m. at 14 W. Palmer St., Franklin. This group is for anyone with a family member/loved one living with a mental illness. For more information, call Matt (828)349-9252.